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Christmas Around the World: Episode 5: La Befana

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This podcast is part of the series: Christmas Around the World Podcast Series


Elizabeth Carr


Vestavia Hills City School

Vestavia Hills Elementary East


This podcast retells the legend of La Befana, a famous gift-giver from Italy. We "flew" to Italy via Google Earth and learned about the country of Italy as well.  After studying about La Befana, children illustrated pictures to retell her story. We also made mini English muffin pizzas to celebrate Italy and their gift giver, La Befana!

Length: 3:01

Content Areas: English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Technology Education

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

TC2 (K-2)
7. Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.
Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries, search engines, directories
  • Evaluating accuracy of digital content
  • Example: determining fact versus opinion
    ELA2015 (2)
    30. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media. [SL.2.2]
    ELA2015 (2)
    31. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue. [SL.2.3]
    SS2010 (K) Living and Working Together in Family and Community
    6. Compare cultural similarities and differences in individuals, families, and communities.
    Examples: celebrations, food, traditions
    SS2010 (K) Living and Working Together in Family and Community
    8. Recognize maps, globes, and satellite images.
    SS2010 (1) Living and Working Together in Family and Community and State
    11. Identify traditions and contributions of various cultures in the local community and state. (Alabama)
    Examples: Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo
    SS2010 (2) Living and Working Together in State and Nation
    9. Describe how and why people from various cultures immigrate to the United States.
    Examples: how—ships, planes, automobiles
    why—improved quality of life, family connections, disasters
  • Describing the importance of cultural unity and diversity within and across groups


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